Bupleurum rotundifolium

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaApiaceaeBupleurumBupleurum rotundifolium


This annual was formerly an arable weed of chalk and limestone soils, but it is now a rare bird-seed casual. Lowland.



World Distribution

B. rotundifolium may originate in S.W. Asia; it is widespread as an archaeophyte in C. & S. Europe and has been introduced to many other areas worldwide.

Broad Habitats

Arable and horticultural (includes orchards, excludes domestic gardens)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 3

Reaction (Ellenberg): 9

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16

Annual Precipitation (mm): 753

Life form information

Height (cm): 30

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 287

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 1

Atlas Change Index: -4.58

Distribution information

Plantatt Conservation Status

Extinct in the wild

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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